Methodist leader to Osinbajo: You’re the father of Nigerian Christians

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN

By Kehinde Adeoye

The Prelate-elect of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Most Rev Oliver Ali Aba, has described Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as the father of Christians in Nigeria.

The priest made the statement at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, while paying a courtesy visit to the Vice President together with the immediate past Governor of Bauchi State, Barr Mohammed Abubakar.

According to the VP’s spokesperson in a statement, he said the delegation visited Prof Osinbajo to brief him on the forthcoming investiture of the Prelate-elect next month in Lagos.

Most Rev Aba, while appreciating the efforts of the Vice President towards nation-building called him the father of Christians in Nigeria.

He said: “You are the father of Christians in Nigeria, you are the only one we can run to in times of need.”

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The Prelate-elect further highlighted the godly virtues of the Vice President, saying, “There is so much that can be learnt from you, your humility, doggedness in governance and commitment in the service of the people. I have learnt all of these attributes and I shall replicate the same in leading the Methodist Church. I believe I can take the Methodist Church to higher grounds replicating your virtues.”

“God will continue to bless you, may God keep you long and continue to preserve you for all the good things you have done for our country.”

Vice President Osinbajo, also reacting, spoke on the need for religious leaders to be the symbol of unity and the beacon of hope for all regardless of faith and belief.

“As believers, we have to be open and reach out to everyone. Christ died for all which is why it is very important that you reach out to everyone for the sake of unity.”

“Part of the duties of Christian leadership is how to ensure that we are able to display Christ’s love so that many people can see and emulate,” VP Osinbajo said.